Changes to GCSEs, AS and A-levels

A round-up of essential information to help you through the changes to qualifications, including helpful animations and key posts from Ofqual.

New GCSE grading system

New GCSEs will be graded from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. See our 9 to 1 grading page for more information.

Students taking GCSE Combined Science will get a double grade that is worth two GCSEs. See our GCSE science 9 to 1 page for more information.


Our timelines show you when specifications will be available for first assessment, as well as final resit opportunities for outgoing specifications.

What the changes mean for you

If you're teaching the new GCSEs, AS or A-levels, these pages in particular will help you understand the changes. You’ll find further details on each change, including our handy animations.

Other general changes

Background to the changes